Construction Safety Blog
Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

Scaffolding Fatalities – A Preventable Loss

by Barry Maxwell, MSSafety Services Manager On Monday of this week, three people were killed, and two others injured after a scaffolding collapse at a construction site in Charlotte, North Carolina. All work at the site was halted after the victims fell approximately 70 feet when the...

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

The Importance of Hand Tool Safety

Hand tools and the use of hand tools seems simple and straight-forward; therefore, few employers provide any training in hand tool safety. Likewise, few employers conduct formal tool inspections. However, employees are frequently injured by using unsafe tools or by using tools...

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces (Continued)

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces (Continued)

The newly revised standard on walking and working surfaces was published on November 18, 2016 and went into effect on January 17, 2017. We previously covered parts of the standard and will continue below with a summary of the remainder of the standard. 1910.26 Dockboards Previously at...

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces

The New Standard on Walking and Working Surfaces

The newly revised standard on walking and working surfaces was published on November 18, 2016 and is set to go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule is too extensive to cover in its entirety in a blog so we’ll just provide you with the Reader’s Digest version here and perhaps some of...

Crane Rigger and Signal Training

Crane Rigger and Signal Training

In 2010, OSHA promulgated the 1926.1400 Subpart CC Crane and Derricks standard to update the regulations for cranes used in construction.  The regulation made important changes in the requirements for operators and riggers and signal persons.  The most controversial component was the...